SMOM - Sovereign Military Order of Malta - is a
fully independent entity with an ancient tradition and glorious history. Founded
before the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 by the crusaders, recognized in 1113 by
Pope Pascal II, from 1310 to 1522 SMOM held the sovereignity of the island of
Rhodes, and from 1530 to 1798 of the island of Malta.
Then, after temporary
Sees, the Order finally established itself in 1834 in Rome, where it holds
several extraterritorial areas.Its members are known as the "Knights of Malta".
Under the provisions of International Law, the Order mantains diplomatic
relations with 64 countries in the world as well as with many international
His most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master of the Order
rules over a world-wide organization dedicated solely, as its ancient tradition
dictates, to providing assistance in the hospitaller, charitable and social
Regarding 1A0KM, which is located in the extraterritorial zone of "Villa
Magistrale all'Aventino" in Rome, Italy, special thanks are due to the Grand
Magistry for its assistance.